Microsoft at a Crossroads

11 Apr ’07

Mary Jo Foley on a Goldman Sachs report describing Microsoft as being at a crossroads – pretty much the same crossroads most of the ‘tropolis spent a lot of keystrokes denying after Paul Graham posted “Microsoft is Dead”. The oddest aspect of that episode for me was the effort so many bloggers put into criticizing Graham by arguing that Microsoft couldn’t be dead because of the cash coming in – and not apparently even reading Graham on exactly that point, or understanding what his point was in the first place. A reflexive need to argue perhaps, and a great opportunity to get up on Techmeme, but not much of a “conversation”.

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Rob Hyndman April 11, 2007 at 12:11

I agree, Brydon – I thought Paul was making a really interesting point, and I was disappointed that so few people were interested in engaging with it.

Mathew – do we really want to tell people here what our mesh org meetings are like? :)

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Mathew Ingram April 11, 2007 at 11:53

Oh, I don’t know Rob — sounds like a lot of conversations I’ve had :-)

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brydon April 11, 2007 at 11:41

In Paul’s case, as with all great writers, you have to actually read him to understand him. His titles challenge his readers.

It’s the skimming the RSS feed titles syndrome. I understand that as most blogs out there aren’t worth reading past the title but Paul isn’t one. It’s just plain lazy and ignorant to post opinions on an article that you clearly haven’t even read.

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